Hi, I’m Rob. I am very excited to be here in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England. I have been in England for 10 days and I have already seen so many awesome things. The picture I have attached is the best that I have taken so far; Hadrian’s wall at sunset. It was a lovely weekend but things have cooled down now, good for the hard work that we are up to in the North Field of Vindolanda.
We all made great steps forward today. The Director of Excavations, Andrew Birley, and Beth had us examine a large quantity of anaerobically preserved material fresh out of the ground from one of the early timber forts. Needless to say we got our hands dirty. I personally unearthed an acorn and some bone while others found many bones, the sherd of a pot rim, and a small strip of leather, among other artifacts, none ground breaking, but we were all extremely excited to get that opportunity.
The trench that our supervisors have been busily opening in the North Field already looks promising but there will be much more to come on that once we all start digging. For now I can say that Vindolanda, the site, its museum, and the efforts of the Vindolanda Trust and the many volunteers here are astonishing and inspiring. The people in Northern England are kind and welcoming, and their cuisine is right up my ally (more to come on that too). The landscape here is pastoral and rugged. Rolling hills dotted with sheep are topped by rocky out crops and fall to sheer cliffs. Among it all stands Roman remains, what we are here for, and to see all this together gives you the feeling that you really are in Roman frontier country.
Looking forward to the days and weeks to come,